Education

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Chesapeake College provides adult education programs to residents in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties. Classes include English as a Second Language, Adult Basic Education and GED® Test Preparation classes. Students wishing to enroll in classes must first attend a registration session. During registration the student's current skill level will be evaluated for the proper class placement. The registration schedule can be found by calling the hotline numbers or on the calendars on the website. In addition to special registrations held at the beginning of each semester, weekly registrations are held at locations throughout the five county area. In Caroline County registration is held on Wednesdays at 10:00 am at the Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market Street in Denton; and at the Federalsburg Judy Hoyer Center, 323 S. University Ave. in Federalsburg on Thursdays at 1:30 pm and on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 6:00 pm.

Adult Basic Education & GED Hotline 410-822-5400, ext. 2408 or www.chesapeake.edu/abe for registration dates and locations.
English as a Second Language Hotline 410-822-5400, ext. 2409 or www.chesapeake.edu/esl for ESL registration dates and locations.
For assistance in Spanish, call 410-822-5400 ext. 2488 and leave message

Contact: 
Elaine Wilson, Program Director
410-827-5835
P. O. Box 8
Wye Mills, MD 21679
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The Benedictine School is a year round day and residential school which provides individualized programming with a high staff to student ratio and a multidisciplinary approach. The Adult Program, for ages 21 and over, provides residential and vocational support services and is open all year.

Contact: 
Scott Evans, Executive Director
410-634-2112
14299 Benedictine Lane
Ridgely, MD 21660
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The refuge offers the public a chance to view a variety of habitats in which wildlife thrives on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The refuge has a full service staffed Visitor Center with restrooms, interpretive exhibits, pollinator garden, observatory, and bookstore (operated by the Friends of Blackwater). Outdoor facilities include the Wildlife Drive (suitable for all auto, foot, and bicycle traffic), an elevated observation deck, a photo blind, walking trails, and paddling trails. Programs for school, scout, and civic organizations are available with advanced notice, and subject to staff availability. Please note that Blackwater does not accept wildlife for rehabilitation. Please use out street when using GPS navigation.

410-228-2677 (Visitors Ctr)
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The Boy Scouts of America is the Delmarva Peninsula's foremost youth program of character development and values based leadership training. In the future Scouting will continue to: Offer young people responsible fun and adventure; Instill in young people lifetime values and develop in them ethical character as expressed in the Scout Oath & Law; Train young people in citizenship, service, and leadership; Serve America's communities and families with its quality, values-based program.

Contact: 
Richard Johnson, Acting District Executive
302-622-3300
100 W. 10th Street
Suite 915
Wilmington, DE 19801
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Caroline Center's mission is to provide opportunities that inspire. CCI offers supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities determined through choice, with a focus on the encouragement of natural relationships to result in genuine community integration. Locations of supports vary from licensed homes, to independently owned/leased homes, local neighborhoods and day habilitation with hours determined by the needs of the person(s) being supported.

Contact: 
Kelly E. Callahan, CEO
410-634-2102
P.O. Box 460
Ridgely, MD 21660
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Caroline County Public Schools is a system consisting of approximately 5,500 students; more than 380 professional staff members, and ten schools. Instructional programs in all subject areas are offered. A comprehensive academic and vocational program includes classes for students of all ability levels. A free Pre-Kindergarten program is available at all 5 elementary schools for qualifying preschoolers. Teachers are part of a continuous curriculum improvement program, and may participate in a number of staff development and inservice programs.

Contact: 
Dr. Patricia Saelens, Superintendent
410-479-1460
204 Franklin Street
Denton, MD 21629
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On-site services include parenting education classes and support groups, nutrition classes, developmental screening and education, child care for infants and toddlers while attending center classes, GED, Adult Basic Education, and English as a Second Language classes (Mon.-Thurs. 9:30 AM-12:30 PM & 1-3 PM). A family advocate is assigned to each family to be a case manager and work on their individual needs. Off-site services include home visits by a case manager. The Parents As Teachers program is a family education and support program that includes home visits and group meetings at the center. Call the center for more information or to enroll in any of the programs. Volunteers accepted.

Contact: 
Tearesa French, Director
410-479-3298
100 North Sixth Street
Denton, MD 21629
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Provides services for children, birth to 3 years, who exhibit developmental delays. A child with a suspected developmental delay, birth through age three, is eligible for screening and assessments to identify early and intervention needs. If you are concerned about a baby or toddler's development, call Terry Miller to share your concerns and request a screening. Screenings can be done in the home.

Contact: 
Robin Fox, Coordinator
410-479-3246
204 Franklin Street
Denton, MD 21629
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Activities at the Transition Center include job skills training, functional academics, self-determination skills training, social skills training, community-based work experiences, travel training, and independent living skills. The program also assists students in identifying career paths and accessing both adult services and community resources.

Contact: 
Tom Robbins, Transition Teacher Specialist
410-479-0100
10855 Central Avenue
Ridgely, MD 21660
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Professional Development to improve the ability of child care professionals to deliver quality early learning opportunities to all children. All courses are provided through Chesapeake College's Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Training. Capacity Building to include: program accreditation, credentialing, assistance with enrolling and moving up in the EXCELS program, accessing MSDE training and program start-up vouchers, program start up, and classroom management. Infant/Toddler T/TA: Improve child care services for infants & toddlers (birth through three years) through specialized training and technical assistance based upon Healthy Beginnings Guidelines. For information about Training and technical assistance based upon Healthy Beginnings Guidelines. For information about Training and Technical Assistance, Call Donna Berger at 410-822-5400 ext 2339. Project Right Steps is a free service that addresses the needs of child care providers and parents that are dealing with children (0-5) with challenging behaviors. Project Right Steps is designed to support changes in the child's behavior through the specialist's work with both the child care provider and the family. Contact Denise Taylor-Turner at 410-822-5400 ext 2321.
Chesapeake HELPS!: is an information and referral line that provides information about local services in Queen Anne's County through counselors and through an internet web page. www.chesapeakehelps.org. 1-866-722-4577. LOCATE Child Care: provides assistance in searching for a child care provider for parents 1-877-261-0060. Provides scholarship funds for qualified child care providers who are seeking their Associate Degree in Early Childhoos Education through the Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund. CCCRC provides a counselor who can assist providers who are approved by MSDE to receive the scholarship funds.

410-827-5400, ext 2353